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What is Virtual CD and how to use it?

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#1 sweedishfish


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Posted 28 July 2016 - 02:40 PM

Can someone tell me what a Virtual CD is and how to use it and pretty much what to do with it?


Please see the link below for a quick example.


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Posted 28 July 2016 - 03:11 PM



A Virtual CD application allows you to mount a CD/DVD image (.ISO, .BIN, etc.) without actually burning a physical medium. The Operating System will see the mount image like a real disk on a CD/DVD drive and will access the files there for example to install a program, read video, etc.

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#3 Gorbulan


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Posted 28 July 2016 - 03:28 PM

Examples of of Virtual CD use:


Video game discs - if you mount a game data disc as a "Virtual CD" it will eliminate the inconvenience of always having to insert the game CD. Also, loading time may be faster since the game is not bottle-necked by the CD drive. CD/DVD's can only spin so fast, so they are limited in how fast they can deliver data.


Old Backups - You can image (backup) your computer before you reinstall Windows. This image can be opened, mounted as "Virtual CD" so you can access the contents after you have reinstalled Windows. This allows you to copy your documents, files, photos, etc to the new installation. Recently I made use of such a feature in order to retrieve game save files.

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Posted 31 July 2016 - 11:45 AM

Thanks guys. One more questions though.


Can I send Virtual CDs to other people and have them use it as well without installing any software on their end?

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Posted 31 July 2016 - 12:14 PM

Thanks guys. One more questions though.  Can I send Virtual CDs to other people and have them use it as well without installing any software on their end?

If the virtual CD program allows one to make an ISO [assuming it did not originate from an ISO], one can send that ISO to others.  Remember that any and all pay-for, shareware, freeware, license regulations, rules, restrictions, etc., from Microsoft down to Sandusky Volunteer Fire Department's training program fully apply.

Edited by RolandJS, 31 July 2016 - 12:15 PM.

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